Love Thy Neighbor : The Evolution of In-Group Morality

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.– Blaise Pascal, Pensees, 1670 Abstract The world’s major religions espouse a moral code that includes injunctions against murder, theft, ...

Passover: Read Thoughtfully

Long before The Holocaust, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) urged readers to consider the Passover story’s backstory – the enslavement of Egyptians that preceded the enslavement of Jews. He used the word ‘corner’ in the ...

Chastity, Fidelity and Conquest: Biblical Rules for Women and War

Original In: Shackelford, T., Weekes-Shackelford, V. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War (pp. 77-90). Oxford University Press, 2012. For Abeer Qassim al-Janabi because the consequences of a life need ...

Prospects for Morality: God, Women, and Evolution

Presented at The Skeptics Society Annual Conference on Evolutionary Psychology and Human Ethics. Pasadena, CA, 1996, with introduction by Dr. Bernard Leikind

Israel’s Racism: The Nation-State Law

A Music Video on Israel’s Racism : its Nation-State Law. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s George Washington, could not have known in 1948 that in 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu would steer a 180-degree turn away from Ben-Gurion’s promise ...

Thou Shalt Not Kill…Whom?

This video addresses the apparent contradiction between commandments to love our neighbors and commandments to kill our neighbors in the Bible. Lead Image Courtesy: The mass grave found at Lützen. NICKLISCH ET AL./PLOS ONE

Why Do So Many Muslims Act Like Barbarians?

Barbarism is not in the Koran. We, the sophisticated barbarians, have driven them to barbarity. Making Palestinians pay for what Germans did to Jews during World War II has been a preoccupation of Judeo-Christian nations ...

On Burning People Alive

When we revile ISIS, we should remember the magnitude of our own massive premeditated murders and our own original sins. American pilots who dropped napalm on Vietnamese and Cambodian villages did not target noncombatants, but ...

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